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March on Washington’s dream, our vow

David Goldman/ Associated Press: In this March 26, 2012 file photo Jaquan Kelley of Atlanta wears a Skittles wrapper over … Continued

Memories of the March: 10 voices recall 1963 March on Washington

WASHINGTON — Religion News Service asked participants in the 1963 March on Washington to reflect on their lasting memories of … Continued

Buddhist monk blames Muslims for Myanmar bombing

Ashin Wirathu’s portrait appeared on the July 1 cover of Time magazine’s Asia edition, above the headline, “The Face of … Continued

Deal promises new life for abandoned Catholic shrine

WATERBURY, Conn. — The Garden of Gethsemane is gone. The Via Dolorosa, now overgrown with brush, is impassable. A statue … Continued

Mr. Sein goes to Washington: A call for lasting reforms in Myanmar

President Obama shakes hands with Myanmar’s President Thein Sein in the Oval Office May 20, 2013. (AP PHOTO JACQUELYN MARTIN) … Continued

Boy Scouts need to end the gay ban, now!

(Eric Gay/AP) As the mother of two former Boy Scouts, as the daughter of a former Cub Scout Den Mother … Continued

Russia’s Chechnya: A breeding ground for terror

MOSCOW — Chechnya, the Russian republic believed to be connected to the two Boston Marathon bombing suspects, has been the … Continued

Cohabitation is lasting longer, becoming more common

Unmarried couples who live together are staying together longer than in the past — and more of them are having … Continued

Is religious sectarianism Iraq’s fatal flaw?

Ten years after the U.S. war in Iraq, one will be hard pressed to find any positive evaluation of the … Continued

Romney, Obama and the elephants in the room

A previous version of the blog entry misspelled author Vishal Mangalwadi’s and Rabbi Daniel Sperber’s name. I could see Anwar … Continued

NYPD’s Muslim surveillance extended well beyond New York

NEWARK, N.J. — The report was stamped top secret. Inside was a confidential dossier compiled by the New York Police … Continued

Criminalizing mass-murder: 65 years after the UN’s first condemnation of genocide

On December 11, 1946, the United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution 96 (I) which declared genocide, defined as “a denial … Continued

Church attendance down, congregations getting older, report says

American congregations have grown less healthy in the past decade, with fewer people in the pews and aging memberships, according … Continued

Birds do it, bees do it, now the secularese do it

No, I am not referring to falling in love as Cole Porter might have written, though secular folk do that … Continued

A Christmas nightmare averted: lessons from 2009 ‘underwear bomber’

By John Campbell Last Christmas, a young Muslim from Northern Nigeria, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, tried to destroy Northwest Flight 253 … Continued

God’s hand was in the establishment of the United States

Washington Post political reporter Karen Tumulty wrote Monday about the growing use of the idea of “American exceptionalism” by political … Continued

Gay and Muslim

As an addendum to my previous post, and in response to the suicide of a young, lesbian woman whose name … Continued

Americans must transcend ignorance on mosque near Ground Zero

By Mark R. Cohen The proposed Ground Zero mosque in New York (like a similar mosque opened recently in Roxbury, … Continued

Mixed marriage inevitable and desirable in a pluralistic society

Chelsea Clinton, raised Methodist, and Marc Mezvinsky, Jewish, will wed this weekend. Statistics show that 37 percent of Americans have … Continued

Courts must reflect the people they serve

I do not believe religion matters in the composition of a court. There has been something of a parallel in … Continued